IMPREX answers to the public consultation on the EU's Climate Adaptation Strategy
IMPREX partner Dr Ertug Ercin from R2Water Research and Consultancy took part in the recent public consultation on the Evaluation of the EU's Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. Dr Ercin is in charge of IMPREX Work Package 12 dealing with European economies' water-related dependencies.
The EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, adopted in April 2013, aims to increase the resilience of the EU territory by enhancing the preparedness and capacity of all government levels to respond to the impacts of climate change.
In 2016, the Commission launched an evaluation of the Strategy. The evaluation examines the implementation and achievements of the Strategy compared to what was expected at the time the Strategy was adopted in 2013. It also looks at the evolution of the needs to which the Strategy responds. The open public consultation is one of the stakeholder consultation activities undertaken to gather evidence to support the Strategy’s evaluation.
The answer highlights that the EU economy is particularly vulnerable to water problems outside its borders impacting on the supply of agricultural commodities and consequent price volatilities related to a shortfall in global commodity supply. Therefore, the EU's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy should extend its scope beyond the EU's borders in order address questions such as:
- How are climate change impacts outside EU's border affecting or likely to affect the agri-food industry in Europe and the economy as a whole?
- What are the key determinants of agri-food importers' vulnerability to climate change?
- What is required to improve climate resilience among agri-food producers and importers?
Read here the full answer to the consultation.
Read here IMPREX policy brief: "A new dimension in EU's Climate Adaptation Policy: EU's vulnerability to climate change impacts outside its borders"